My favorite country escape from Bordeaux remains Les Sources de Caudalie, located on the Château Smith Haut Lafitte wine estate 20 minutes south of the city. This stylish spa hotel specializes in treatments with Caudalie products, which are derived from grapes and grape-seed oil. La Grand’Vigne, the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant, recently won a second Michelin star. In 2014, the property opened 12 new suites with a rustic-chic style inspired by the oyster fishermen’s huts at nearby Cap Ferret, plus a new indoor pool and a wine bar, Rouge, that serves many of the estate’s best wines by the glass. L’Ile aux Oiseaux, the hotel’s most romantic suite, has also been redecorated by designer Delphine Manivet, a Parisian wedding-dress designer.
Beautifully decorated rooms; excellent restaurants; first-rate wine bar.
The spa is so popular it is often difficult to book a treatment.
You won’t need a car while staying at this hotel, which is a self-contained world.